Detroit Lions 3-round mock draft: Detroit fills voids across the board

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Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Desmond Ridder. player. 50. Scouting Report. Cincinnati. 34. Pick Analysis. QB

I almost took Ridder at No. 32, eyeing the fifth-year option for a first-round pick, but I passed and knew I could get him here. The former Bearcats signal caller has fans and detractors in equal measure among draft analysts, but there’s no questioning that he was a winner in college and he continually improved over his career at Cincinnati.

Ridder followed a Senior Bowl MVP performance with a strong showing at the NFL Combine, including a 4.52 40-yard dash time that placed him in the 95th percentile among quarterbacks.

Via Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, who ranked Ridder second among quarterbacks in this draft class.

"Ridder took his overall PFF grade, which had been static in the 70.0s for three seasons, to a 90.7 and Cincinnati into the college football playoffs. His performance against Alabama wasn’t good statistically (4.5 yards per attempt), but I actually came away impressed with how he executed given how his offense was overmatched."